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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • 4-H contest brings chickens, crafts to Toyota Park

    4-H contest brings chickens, crafts to Toyota Park
    The small fair in the parking lot of Toyota Park boasted all the fixings of a typical carnival: noisy games, young girls hula-hooping while balancing their cotton candy sticks and the occasional whiff of buttery popcorn. Around the corner from the...
  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares

    As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce...
  • Florida prepares for arrival of lethal bird flu

    Florida prepares for arrival of lethal bird flu
    The bird migration route that stretches from Canada to the Caribbean brings millions of feathered visitors to Florida in the fall. But this season, agriculture and wildlife officials fear the famous Atlantic Flyway will bring something else: Bird flu....
  • Farmers worry about harvest as stink bugs make a mess in NW

    VANCOUVER, Wash. On a hot June day, Joe Beaudoin ducked into the shade of his orchard to check for peaches with shallow dimples the telltale signs left by the brown marmorated stink bug. This invader from Asia has a formidable appetite for the berries,...
  • Around South County: Lothian girl named 2015 Miss Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau

    Around South County: Lothian girl named 2015 Miss Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau
    Just the other day, I was making hamburgers with my 7-year-old niece and she asked me where hamburger comes from. I said, "From cows." She was horrified for a moment. "From cows? Eeww!" I asked her if she still wanted a hamburger for dinner. She...
  • USDA opens enrollment for safety-net programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period began June 17 and will end...
  • New York maple production up this year despite late start

    Maple syrup production in New York state reached its highest level in seven decades despite a late season bought on by the lingering winter. State officials say New York farmers this year produced a record 601,000 gallons of maple syrup from more than 2....
  • Food supplier sues egg farm alleging breach of contract

    A food supplier claims an Iowa egg farm breached a contract after bird flu disrupted the supply of eggs. Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on...
  • U.S. coffee consumption declining, and there's a pour excuse

    U.S. coffee consumption declining, and there's a pour excuse
    Coffee consumption is decreasing in this country, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. Some blame the popularity of single-cup coffee makers that reduce the amount brewed then poured down the drain. That's also why your sink's sleepy and...
  • Bio box: Boyd Rutherford, Maryland lieutenant governor

    NAME — Boyd K. Rutherford AGE-BIRTHPLACE — 58, Washington, D.C. EDUCATION —Bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Howard University, 1979; master's degree in communications management and law degree from the...
  • Doggie bag hacks turn leftovers into something new, delicious

     Doggie bag hacks turn leftovers into something new, delicious
    Leftovers don't have to look or taste like leftovers anymore, listlessly plopped from doggie bag to plate with possibly a quick zap in the microwave. Smartly use those leavings, whether from restaurant meals or takeout chow to create something new and...